Sleep apnea sufferers may not realize this, but there are local support groups available for just those with apnea. Finding out you have a sleep disorder like Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be a devastating diagnosis, as the health repercussions and lifestyle changes associated with sleep apnea can be daunting. It might be difficult for your friends or loved ones to understand what you are going through, so it can be helpful to talk about your disorder with others who share the same diagnosis. Local support groups can accomplish this, while also helping you get tips and hints from seasoned CPAP users.
The American Sleep Apnea Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of and research about sleep apnea, sponsors a network of sleep apnea support groups across the US called A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic). Local A.W.A.K.E. support groups are available in each US state and each Canadian province. You can search for a local sleep apnea support group by visiting www.sleepapnea.org, home of the ASAA.
If you cannot find a local A.W.A.K.E. group, don't forget that there are many communities of CPAP users online who can be a great resource for a newly diagnosed person. Search online for forums, blogs, or community sites dedicated to sleep apnea sufferers.